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good morning. breaking news. snow falling in new york city this morning as what's expected to be an historic blizzard just starts to bear down on the northeast. the entire region at a standstill. al is tracking it all from the city that could be hardest hit, boston. a killer still on the loose in california this morning, police going door to door overnight, searching for a fo formfor former l.a. police officer. and hacked. word this morning that someone managed to break into the personal e-mail accounts of members of the bush family,
revealing private messages involving both former presidents. and a criminal investigation is under way "today," friday, february 8th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guttihrie. people around here are bracing themselves, snow already starting to fall in new york city. we're seeing a little bit of it in the west village this morning in downtown new york. two very powerful systems creating this blizzard are just beginning to come together this morning. in just a few hours, we'll be dealing with heavy snow, high winds and whiteout conditions. >> take a look at some of the totals we're talking about. they've actually increased for some cities overnight around a
foot of snow here in new york city. much more in places like connecticut, rhode island, and massachusetts. we're covering this storm from all the angles this morning, starting with al roker and he's in boston. boy, the folks up there are getting ready, al. good morning. >> good morning, matt. yeah, they absolutely are. and this is a powerful storm. it will probably rank as one of boston's top five storms before it's all over. schools are already closed. flights, airports being canceled. thousands of flights. we're talking amtrak canceling trains this afternoon between new york and boston. let's take a look, show you what's the ingredients for this system getting itself together. we've got a clipper coming across the great lakes. we've also got a storm system across the east coast. both are going to come on a collision course, energy from the clipper will transfer to this low pressure system offshore, creating a classic nor'easter. so as you can see, as we get into the morning hours, the snow starts to really pick up from
new york city to the north, inland sections of new york state, new england, making its way up the coast through saturday morning and those lines in between, you see those are isobars. the tighter those lines, the more the winds we see. as far as winter storm warnings, blizzard warnings, everything you can see from michigan all the way to upstate new york. we've got winter storm warnings, but closer along the coast from new york, boston, up to portland. we have blizzard warnings in effect. sustained winds of over 35 miles per hour with heavy snow, creating low visibility and dangerous conditions. as far as accumulations are concerned, we're generally looking from anywhere to three to six inches of snow. new york city to up to a foot of snow, back through the great lakes as well. but look along from providence all the way up to east port. we're talking one to two feet of snow and in eastern massachusetts, one to two feet possibly and very likely we're
talking about three feet of snow to the west of boston. boston will most likely see somewhere around two feet of snow. as you look right now along the west side of manhattan, the snow coming down, they have 1,800 sanitation trucks ready with snow plows on them. they expect to spread 250,000 tons of salt at some point during this. so, we are really looking at a severe situation. savannah? >> crews get ready all across the northeast this morning. people are making sure they are prepared for what's to come and time is almost up. ron mott is in providence, rhode island this morning. ron, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. we're going to start with flurries here. that will, later in the day, give way to bucket loads of snow. at that point it's going to be too late to start getting ready. folks here in new england take pride for always being ready in storms like this. across new england it's time to
pay up. a rush to fortify and hunker down on the home front, after last year's unusually quiet winter. the classic nor'easter has returned with a vengeance. >> salt, shovel. >> reporter: millions will need all that and more, forecasters say, from hartford to points north, south, east and west. they stocked up in new york city. >> i'm preparing now for the snow with the ice. >> not mesing around? >> not messing around at all. >> reporter: connecticut. >> some milk and other odds and ends that i need for the weekend just in case i can't get out to the store. >> reporter: around philadelphia -- >> ice melt, rock salt, calcium chloride. no sleds yet. >> reporter: and boston, where a run on snowblowers emptied one store, leaving the mayor to warn fill up on common sense, too. >> we're used to these types of storms. i also want to remind everyone to use common sense. stay off the streets of our
city. >> reporter: at noon, a parking ban goes into effect in boston and the governor has order ed nonemergency state employees to work from home. those trying to get out of dodge by air may be grounded for a while as thousands of flights have been canceled throughout the region. >> we normally handle about 100,000 per day. we think there will be close to that number affected in a 24-hour period. >> reporter: not since the blizzard of '78, deadly dumping of at least three feet of snow has new england braced this hard for a storm to rival that one. >> i just felt the spirit of his taea hysteria come over me. flashlights and batteries. not so much ndles. if we have widespread power outages, as we fear, the last thing official want to see is widespread fires. savannah? >> actually, ron, i'm going to take it. as ron just mentioned, thousands of flights into and
out of this region have been canceled. erica hill is at laguardia airport. erica, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, matt. we are just starting to see those flakes here as well, large flakes that we can see outside the door in front of me. as you mentioned, thousands of flights canceled. three major airports in new york alone. boston into the mix and you really get a sense of how many people are affected. those flights carry people all over the country. we're looking at some of the numbers now. newark liberty airport, 275 flights canceled, here at laguardia, 219, another 163 at jfk and 140 in boston. more than 2,400 flights nationwide. as we take a look at the numbers in terms of cancellations, most have said that rechange fees, booking fees in many cases may be waived for you. check with your airline on that. that's the upside for you. i flew back from boston last night into new york and the lines -- everybody in the line was talking about whether or not
they had tried to find their way on to a flight to get home sooner. the security line behind me actually wrapped around the wall and goes down the hallway. a woman i spoke with, who was directing everybody, said this is definitely more volume than they would normally see on a friday morning. that's because a number of people are trying to check in early. if you are headed for the airport, check with your airline first. check on your flight. we may recommend twitter. it tends to get you a lot of traction these days. savannah? >> it's going to be a busy one there. erica, thank you. we'll have a lot more on this storm throughout the morning. now to another major story we're following this hour, a manhunt under way right now for a former police officer accused of murdering three people. authorities say he was fired and now is targeting officers and their families. the search is focusing now on a ski resort community east of los angeles. we have two reports to bring you, starting with nbc's miguel almaguer. good morning, miguel.
>> reporter: savannah, good morning. lapd headquarters remains a target. today it is a fortress with the entrances and exits heavily guarded, all this while a hunt for a man who used to wear a badge. scouring big bear mountain three hours outside los angeles. this is where police discovered christopher dorner's burnt-out truck, the man at the center of a massive manhunt. >> we don't know what he's going to do. we know what he's capable of doing. and we need to find him. >> reporter: heavily armed and extremely dangerous, police say dorner, former lapd officer, navy reservist and sharpshooter, has already killed three and is targeting many more. >> of course he knows what he's doing. we trained him. >> reporter: four years ago, dorner accused a fellow officer of kicking a suspect in the head but it was dorner who was fired for making false statements in the case. they say he is now targeting
officers he names in this chilling manifesto, published onne. you will live the life of the prey. i never had the opportunity to have a family of my own. i'm terminating yours. police say the revenge killings began sunday when monica quan and keith lawrence were shot to death. quan's father was the police captain who represented dorner in his disciplinary hearing. >> this has gone far enough. nobody else needs to die. >> reporter: on wednesday, detectives say dorner tried to steal a boat near san diego. a badge, his i.d. and wallet found in the area. thursday morning at 1:25 am, two lapd officers assigned to protect a person in the manifesto came under fire. >> officer shot multiple times. >> reporter: a short time later a gunman opened fire on two riverside police officers, one killed, the other critical. >> our officers were stopped at an intersection, at a red light when they were ambushed.
>> reporter: with nerves rattled, police later opened fire on a truck thought to be dorner's. two women delivering newspapers were shot and injured. late thursday, police discovered dorner's burnt-out truck on big bear mountain. s.w.a.t. teams cleared cabins, but no sign of a suspect. today, police still hunting an alleged cop killer who used to be one of their own. in the mountains outside of los angeles where dorner's vehicle was discovered, police say they discovered footprints but are quick to add that does not mean he's in the area. one reason why tensions are so high all across this state. matt? >> miguel almaguer on this story. thanks so much. let's get to more on this manifesto, warning of these attacks. diana alvear is in los angeles with more on this story. >> reporter: in the manifesto posted on dorner's facebook page, he details everything, from the reasons he believes he
was terminated, to corruption in the police force, even shoutouts to celebrities. and he says, quote, you have awoken a sleeping giant. how did christopher jordan dorner, former police officer, navy veteran and college football player become the most wanted man in california? the manifesto that appeared on his facebook page with the heading last resort, the former lapd officer blames the department for his actions. i've lost everything because the lapd took my name and new i was innocent. he claims he was fired as ret retaliati retaliation, claiming an officer kicked this man while in custody. >> it is not going to happen. >> reporter: officers uttered racist remarks and laughed about grisly crime photos, all kept secret. the enemy combatants in l.a. are not the citizens and suspects. that's the police officers.
he named several members of law enforcement calling them, quote, high value targets. i never had the opportunity to have a family of my own. i'm terminating yours. police say he has already carried out that threat by murdering monica quan, daughter of former lapd captain randall quan, who represented dorner at the time. the attacks will stop when the department states the truth about my innocence, publicly, he writes. dorner also thanked several colleagues and friends for their support. among them a stunned melinda yates. >> who i know of him is an amazing person, somebody that i would trust with my life. so, it just -- crazy. >> reporter: justin gombo went to naval officer school with dorner. >> very nice, positive, upbeat. he always had a smile on his face. you never heard him say a bad thing about anyone. >> reporter: he peppers his rant
with random statements. defending president obama from racist attacks and even complementing michelle obama's hair but he always comes back to the lapd, demanding what he calls justice. unfortunately, i will not be alive to see my name cleared. that's what this is about, my name. a man is nothing without his name. >> police say they've ordered protection detail for more than 40 people named in the manifesto, which is both chilling and surreal. beyond lapd and politics he declares his admiration for a lau laundry list of celebrities and public >> diana, thank you very much. natalie morales is over at the news desk with the other top stories we're following this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah and matt. a hacker was able to expose conversations found in the bush family's e-mail accounts. pete williams has the latest from washington, d.c.
pete, good morning. >> natalie, a spokesman for former president george h.w. bush confirms an investigation has been under way into what appears to be a hacker's intrusion into the e-mail accounts of at least half a dozen people. among the material intercepted, messages from and to both former bush presidents. apparently obtained by getting access to the accounts of three bush family members and two friends of the former presidents. the hacker has obtained a list of family addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, including some of those belonging to both the former presidents along with family pictures. the material intercepted dates from 2009 through last year and federal investigators say they're on the trail of the hacker. e-mail is one of the least secure ways to communicate and it is a very common target of hackers, natalie. >> absolutely. pete williams in washington, thanks so much. tough questions for cia director nominee john brennan. nbc's capital hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has more. good morning, kelly. >> good morning, natalie. some of the country's deepest
secrets were part of the intense hearings, grilling top officials over benghazi attacks and those drone strikes and that attracted protesters. >> pakistan, somalia. >> reporter: anger over targeted killings. >> please remove -- >> reporter: and senators who say the cia and white house won't give them answers. >> the committee is just stonewalled. >> reporter: john brennan, if confirmed as the next cia director. but struggled to explain if he was involved in waterboarding yet -- >> i did not stop the use of those techniques. >> reporter: he once said those techniques had saved lives but now -- >> waterboarding is something that never should have been employed. >> reporter: senators pressed outgoing leon panetta and dempsey about whether military help was too far away to rescue the slain americans. >> the biggest problem that night, senator, is that nobody
really knew what was going on there. >> reporter: and republicans pounced on testimony but after first informing the president about the attack, neither man heard directly from him as the siege unfolded. >> did the president show any curiosity about how is this going? >> there is no question in my mind the president of the united states was concerned about american lives. >> with all due respect, i don't believe that's a credible statement, if he never called and asked you, are we helping these people or what's happening? >> and on the issue the power the president has on those drone strikes, senators are saying they want to set up a process to oversee that and make sure everything is being done properly. natalie? >> kelly o'donnell, thank you very much. first lady michelle obama is said to attend a funeral for a 15-year-old girl who was shot just days after performing as a majorette at the presidential inauguration. no arrests have been made in the
murder. carrying out test flights of the 787 dreamliners. the planes have been grounded after problems with their batteries. faa is limiting those test flights and no passengers will be allowed on board until the battery problem has been fixed. you're at a restaurant with your family. when the check comes you find a very unusual discount. imagine the king family surprise when they found they had gotten a four dollar discount for having well-behaved children. the restaurant owner said he was impressed that their children said their please and thank yous and were very polite. wonder what they do for badly behaved kids. >> there's a surcharge. >> we should mention in new york, snow falling on rockefeller plaza. i think we have a shot on the
west side of manhattan, there's a running tap there. and you can see it coming down there as well. >> when we talk about new york, is this going to go to rain and then back to snow? what's the deal? >> yeah. there's going to be a little changeover. later this afternoon, it becomes all snow. and we're still talking anywhere from nine inches to a foot of snow in new york city, more as you move north and west. the other problem with this, it's not just snow. it is the pressure gradient, the difference between the two areas of pressure, that's those lines and the tighter the lines, the higher the winds. as the low pressure pulls away, these are wind gusts of new york city 43 miles per hour wind gusts.
of snow near the plu ridge and now changed over to a light drizzle those areas in pink and elsewhere heavy rain just south and east of washington, and saint mary's, just light rain falling around the metro area now where temperatures are above freezing. we're in the mid-and upper 30s and going to stay in the 30s here for the morning and the 40s this afternoon. wi >> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> al, thank you very much. we'll be seeing a lot of you this morning. coming up, why a man who found a way to live in a mansion for free and found it was all legal is now looking for a new place to call home this morning. we are keeping an eye on this storm all morning long as the snow picks up in the northeast. first this is "today" on nbc.
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nbcwashington.com and here is tom with more on this storm. >> good morning. getting heavy rain now just south and east of washington associated with that coastal storm that is beginning to deepen and intensify and those are the areas in yellow and orange. north and west we have the notice fixing with light rain and temperatures are in the mid-30s, most of the region, and even where the snow fell close to the temperatures there above freezing and it is melting there. we go to the afternoon, more rain ending, late afternoon, windy and cold and into saturday, aaron. >> a look at how the
7:30 now on this friday morning, february 8th, 2013. snow is starting to fall in new york city as the blizzard of 2013 starts to pick up some steam. we expect about a foot of snow by the time it ends tomorrow in places like boston, other parts of new england. they're going to get a lot, two feet or more. inside studio 1a i'm savannah guthrie along with matt lauer. a man who used a little known law to live rent free in a florida mansion. this morning he's out. we'll have a live report on that. and do you believe in love
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everywhere, roadways and highways across new york city. avoid unnecessary travel. heavy snow expected. the message from the city is if you can avoid unnecessary travel, do it. also, make sure that you have important supplies on hand like medicine. if you can, go to the gas station. also, stock up on food. outages out here in the city of new york, possibly a foot of snow could fall on us. and it started snowing about an hour and 15 minutes ago. tomorrow morning. back to you, matt and savannah. >> katherine creag, thank you so much. >> the area is going to come to a standstill, but some things will go on as planned. justin bieber, by the way, is scheduled to host "saturday night live" tomorrow night here in new york city but you imagine a lot of snow would keep people away. no. willie geist is on line, waiting to see justin bieber, with other die hards. >> i'm right outside your window on 49th street. we're used to seeing people camp
out for snl coming in and out of our building here, but this takes it to a new level. these people know there is a foot of snow coming and they are still in line under these heaps of blankets and sleeping bags. you can see a couple of feet. that's about t at least four people asleep right here. some of them, though, have woken up. this is ashley and sabrina. you say you're going to ride out this storm to see the biebs. how come? >> i'm a big fan of snl and my roommate is a big fan of justin bieber, so we're here, doing this. >> you do know a foot of snow is coming this afternoon? >> yeah. >> doesn't bother you? >> nope. i've done this before. and this is probably the worst i've done this. >> what do you do for food? how will you eat for the next 24 hours? >> we'll take shifts, go get food, come back and forth. we have some stuff packed. i think we'll be okay. >> have you prepared for the possibility that the snow is going to get so heavy that you may actually have to go home? >> no.
>> yeah. we're here already, so might as well just continue. >> i think a lot of people out here, guys, are hoping that mr. bieber himself may stop by this line. it has become something of a tradition. sometimes the host comes out here. by the way, this is the standby line. there's no guarantee that any of these people will get nsnl has said they will release their standby tickets earlier tonight. they usually do it on saturday morning, so hopefully will get some of these people inside. these are the hardest of the hard core justin bieber fans. >> tell them about the 30-mile-an-hour wind gusts. >> oh, yeah. we'll talk about that later. >> willie geist across the street. let's check in with al roker, tracking the storm from boston this morning. he has more on what to expect. we know boston's really going to get it. >> that's right. good news for some of those folks, i bet you there will be a lot of cancellations for "saturday night live," folks who won't be able to get in. in fact, you guys were supposed to go to chicago for our friday field trips and you kind of got snowed out from bad weather in chicago.
charles county, southeastern georges and getting moderate to heavy rain. north of there a little light rain lingering and it will come to an end around the metro as early as around noon time and end east of washington during the afternoon. right now it is above freezing just about everywhere, mid-and upper 30s and into >> and that's your latest weather. the good news, matt and savannah, they will have the snow cleared in time for your friday field trip here next week. >> we're looking forward to that, al. that's good news. thank you very much. >> did al just break some news? yes, we're coming to boston next friday. >> exactly right. al, thanks. coming up, does your relationship pass the normal test? and what is normal for happy couples? the new survey revealing some surprising secrets. and the man who was living rent free in a florida mansion forced to move out this morning. house party's over. we'll tell you about that, right after this. [ male announcer ] playing in the nfl is tough. ♪
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back now at 7:40 with new information this morning on the south florida man who was living in a multimillion dollar mansion for free. it was all legal, but now it's all over. julia baggs from wjtv in florida has the information. >> reporter: people here are feeling relief this morning. the man who found a way to move into this mansion in a well-to-do neighborhood without buying or renting it is gone. andre barbosa, south florida's most infamous squatter, is squatting no more. >> very complex situation. >> reporter: it was good while it lasted for barbosa.
since christmas, the 23-year-old has been living in this 7,500 square foot foreclosed, $2.5 million waterside mansion in boca raton, florida. while he was living the dream, foest posting his thoughts about living in the mansion, neighbors were living a nightmare. >> he's a squatter. that can pull a neighborhood down faster than anything. >> reporter: attorneys, police, and bankers from bank of america, which owned the property, swooped in. >> after extensive legal research we determined there was a basis to conduct an investigation. that's all we needed. >> reporter: that investigation found there was reason to believe that barbosa was trespassing. even though he wasn't there at the time, locks were changed, possessions inside the house were removed and he was formally evicted. neighbors were thrilled. >> yes, i'm very relieved. very much. now -- i don't think he'll come back.
>> reporter: using an obscure real estate law called adverse possession. when a neighbor came suspicious and went over, he found several people inside and asked one what was going on. >> he said i'm here to assess this building, to establish -- i said what? >> he said, yeah, embassy for our mission. >> reporter: when two people show showed up, covering up the license plate for their car, neighbors had enough. they're just happy everyone is gone. >> i'm old school. it's not moral or ethical what they're doing. they're taking advantage of the system. that's not the way i was brought up. that's not the way people in this neighborhood are brought up. >> reporter: bank of america released a statement saying it appreciates the patience of neighbors as it worked to have the trespassers removed. andre barbosa could not be released for comment but police tell us he's not facing any charges. >> julia bagg, thank you. silence is golden but can
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test out the latest four-wheel drives. i asked the folks at jeep for the keys to a brand new car. this is all they trust me with. more than a million square feet of innovation to see and sit in, you can really workup an appetite. fortunately, today's car can really take care of that too. i'm hungry. >> where would you like to search? >> reporter: bacon and eggs. they may still have four wheels but they've also got brains. and, guys, with the kind of weather that you're talking about out your way, perhaps this is the kind of thing -- oops. this is the kind of thing that you should be looking at. put a plow on the front and make a few bucks on the side. >> we could use that right now. >> you missed a spot, tibbs. >> here is a question. when was the last time you sat down, turned off everything around you and enjoyed the silence? >> if you're like most people these days, it's been a while. jenna wolfe is here with why
that is. good morning. >> good morning, you guys. here is the deal. we're so tuned in, logged in, pl plugged in, there's little wiggle room for quiet time. we try. believe me, we try. but we're constantly battling some sort of beep, honk, buzz, ding or ridiculous ring tone. is it too late to go back in quiet time? that's what we wanted to find out. the sound of silence just ain't what it used to be. >> you can't find a moment of silence because frankly they're not there unless we create them. we're so used to noise or interruptions that we haven't realized what we're missing. >> reporter: what we are missing is some peace and quiet. and, according to professor of sociology, kenneth gould, there are a few reasons why the search might be in vain. >> before we all had cable tv, tv used to go off at night. they would play the national
anthem and it would stop. 30 years ago, we didn't have the internet and so shopping stopped when the stores closed. we have 24-hour shopping and 24-hour entertainment. and all of those things come with a lot of sound. >> reporter: these days it's even hard to find quiet in the quiet places. >> with jet skis on the lake, the lake is not a quiet lake anymore. with atvs on the trail, the trail is not a quiet place anymore either. >> reporter: do we even hear the noise anymore as a society or are we just so used to it? >> we've retreated into our own private sound escapes. we create other noise to escape the noise. >> reporter: and we're constantly being asked to shhh. we get it. we're loud. about to get on a train where there are actually quiet cars. is it as quiet as advertised ? >> it's supposed to be like a
library. you have people who feel like they're entitled to have a conversation at a certain decibel. >> reporter: he e-mailed us this picture shortly after our interview of a person next to him on his phone. so, can the noise all around us be bad for our health? >> first thing, of course, is hearing loss. but over time, it can make your blood pressure go up, heart rate go up and lead to sleep disturbance. >> reporter: the doctor took me into a sound proof room. >> in here when it's quiet you're starting off at 35 decibels but how high would it get in a crowded restaurant? >> around 95. a jet is around 140 decibels, lawn mower is around 95. an ipod can go up to 110 decibels. >> really?
>> you can do a lot of damage to your ear when you're listening to your ipod at high volumes. >> grachlt all this talk about not talking made me want to take a break from talking in the first place. as they say, silence is golden. my gosh, it's been forever. how are you? i know. no, i'm just at the library. it's all good. and today is the perfect day to embrace the quiet in the northeast. snow. will any of us do it? probably not. the phone will ring, the tv will be on. we're incapable of it. >> for a story about quiet and silence, that was the loudest piece we've seen in a long time. >> i didn't stop talking throughout the whole piece. there is a certain irony. >> two things. hang around. two things people are talking about this morning, the blizzard, obviously, and also the kiss. >> this happened. >> this happened yesterday on our air in the third hour of our show, a kiss between lie geist and al roker. one was peaches, the other was
herb. >> no, cream. >> sorry, cream. >> that was lip gloss. >> reunited. willie, what kind of response have you got? >> a gentleman never kisses and tells except the one million people that saw that. one word that comes to mind is pillowy when it comes to al roker's lips. >> al, care to respond? >> he has very velvety lips. >> pillowy, velvety, okay. you guys, get a six pack and enjoy the storm, all right? but you did get a lot of response. >> we did hear a lot about it. more after your local news. . it's more than being glamorous, or tall. it's not all about who sparkles the most. or who is the best dressed. what nature really cares about is what you have to offer. like the stevia plant. small and humble with a surprising secret to share... sweetness. truvia sweetener. zero-calorie sweetness, born from the stevia leaf.
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look at storm team 4 radar. rain is still coming down around our area. it is all from this storm system expected to be a big number on the northeast. storm team 4 meteorologist tom is tracking the storm. >> heavy rain for the viewers in parts of principles georges, st. mary's, and the areas in orange and the rain is tapering off and ending temporarily to the west where there had been snow. there is another area moving into west virginia from the west moving in later today around noon time into the afternoon. all the rain ending late often, windy and colder tonight and into tomorrow. winds gusting to 40 miles per hour, temps, 20s tomorrow and near 40 tomorrow
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get in. hi, good to see you. start with an actual written offer when selling your car, no strings attached. carmax. start here. 8:00 now on a friday morning, the 8th day of february, 2013. this will be the date we mark in our calendars and say this is the date that the blizzard of 2013 hit much of the northeast. th got kind of changeable weather conditions in new york. snowing kind of hard minutes ago. seems to be changing over to a wintry mix. that should not fool you. it is all going to turn to snow later on in new york, connecticut, rhode island, massachusetts, maine, all those areas. it's going to be a major, major
storm. i'm matt lauer, along with savannah guthrie, here on the plaza. >> downright plushy in new york city. al is up in boston. we should mention, we were supposed to be in chicago this morning. >> yes. >> very much looking forward to being on michigan avenue and seeing our friends. but had to stay here because of the weather. we will make it up to you, chicago. >> very sorry. >> we'll be in boston next friday. >> al kind of let that drop a second ago. thanks, al. hopefully, the snow will be gone by that time. we'll check in with al in a couple of minutes. meanwhile, we've got this survey on what is the new normal in happy couples. >> exactly. a woman who wanted to find out what do happy couples do? what do they get right? she ended up doing a survey of 75,000 people, asking themselves very personal questions. we'll have the results of that survey. they're surprising.
if you want to get on today.com, we posted some of those same questions. >> by the way, the in the process, the woman who wrote this said it actually saved her own marriage. that's a good testimonial. if your children are fans of the group one direction, we've got a sneak peek at their new movie. all right. we've all heard about these memorable public service announcements, friends don't let friends drive drunk or a mind is a terrible thing to waste. we've decided to do something interesting around here. we've all picked an issue -- >> right. >> shot a public service announcement. we'll bring them to you all next week. it's a fascinating story and familiar way to raise awareness about these issues. these are real public service announcements that we're working with the ad council and they will air. >> i did one on the purpose of fatherhood involvement. "today" takes action starts monday right here. let's start inside with natalie and a check of all the headlines. >> good morning, matt and
savannah. good morning, everyone. schools are cancelled and hundreds of flights have been canceled. this storm has drawn a lot of attention to the european model, which has been more accurate than the american version in projecting the path of storms. we asked nbc's tom costello in washington to find out why. good morning, tom. >> reporter: hi, natalie. good morning to you. it all comes down to computing power. europeans and americans are using the same science, same mathematical equations, but the europeans are constantly monitoring the atmospheric conditions while the american model is taking periodic snapshots. it was hurricane sandy that really pointed out the difference between the european and american models. al roker saw a full week before the storm hit the european model was predicting a devastating blow to new york and new jersey. >> the european model keeps it
hugging the coast and by early tuesday morning, it's inland in the northeast. >> reporter: four days before landfall, the u.s. model finally agreed with the european model. now, a crippling blizzard predicted for new england. >> easily boston, a foot will be on the low end of your accumulation. >> reporter: and, again, the european model was three days ahead of the u.s. in predicting this storm's path. >> we've got a developing clipper over the plains, a lot of wet weather through the gulf. these two systems will phase together or merge. the european model forms this storm closer to shore. >> reporter: the new director of the national weather service is well aware. >> we have a very good numerical model, but there are modeling systems in the world that are considered better than ours. >> reporter: why is the european system more accurate? experts say because it is constantly slicing the world's atmosphere into very small grids, then analyzing data like temperature readings, pressure,
sbhumtd wind changes and the european super computer is far more powerful, running 100 forecasting models a day, compared to 84 on the u.s. computer. there a . >> there are two parts to the modeling process, running the ooh equations and slicing the atmosphere. the second is taking all the data around the world and putting it into the model to start off in the first place. >> reporter: the u.s. is upgrading its computer system in the fall. even then it still won't be as powerful as the european system. now the good news is that the u.s., europe, canada and the uk, we all share all of this data. we're all benefiting from each other's data and satellite information, but we are still lagging behind the european system right now. natalie? >> very interesting. tom costello in washington, thanks so much. police searched a california ski community overnight for the former los angeles cop and navy reservist suspected of killing three people, including a police officer. christopher dorner's burned-out truck and footprints were found
thursday in southern california's big bear mountain. dorner, fired for making false statements, is taking revenge. touching off a social media blizzard. people are tweeting about everything from their first snowflake sightings to canceled sporting events and their hopes for a snow day, excuse me, off from school. transportation websites are also buzzing as commuters try to find out if their trains and buses are running. got my voice back. this video might show the worst wedding proposal ever gives new meaning to falling in love. take a look. >> bobby, the ring. >> oh, my god! >> are you kidding me? split screen replay shows the
young lady's stunned reaction here. we predict never a dull moment in that marriage, that's for sure. and given their treatment to ky, the hitchhiker. >> two women are trying to help him. that guy could snap a woman's neck like a pencil stick. i ran up behind him with a hatchet. smash, smash, smash! ♪ grabbed one of them so i ran up behind with a hatchet smash smash smash ♪ >> and like a true superhero ky has internet fans guessing as his true identity remains shrouded. let's go back to al again with a
check of your weather. >> announcer: "today's" weather is brought to you by kay jewelers. every kiss begins with k. >> the clipper that will cause all of our snow has been wreaking havoc in michigan. take a look at detroit, michigan. some areas picking up 15" of snow, traffic moving pretty well there. as we get going into what's happening here in the northeast, the clipper combines with moisture from the south and we are going to be looking at blizzard warnings from new york city all the way up into coastal new england, back to the west through new york state, upstate, on into interior new england, we are going to be looking at
good morning, i am tom kieran. storm team 4 radar showing the storm intensifying east of norfolk where there are nearly 50 miles an hour wind gusts now, heavy rain south and east of washington tapering off from the west and another band of rain moving into the mountains into the metro area by midday and ending by late this an of. highs reaching the 40s. right now in the mid-and upper 30s and very strong winds coming in tonight. we could have gusts of 40 miles an hour, maybe some flurries, and more wind tomorrow. >> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> al, thank you so much. when we come back, where does your relationship fall on the scale of the new normal, from trust to money t we'll reveal the surprising secrets of happy couples. and we'll have your favorite videos of the week. first, these messages. hey, there's a photo booth. come on! okay, we gotta time this just right. okay.
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"the normal bar" has the highlights from a survey. >> the survey was inspired from a woman who wanted to save her own marriage and set out to find answers about what real couples may really look like. the results may make you blush, make you wonder if you really know the person lying in bed next to you. >> so what do you think, should we have sex tonight? >> uggh, sounds awful. i'm just really constipated. do you really want to? >> well now. >> reporter: if you can relate to this scene from the hit comedy "knocked up" you're not alone. but losing the romance in your marriage is no joke. >> i just felt like we weren't really happy anymore. we were just survival mode instead of being happy. >> reporter: this 41-year-old married mother of three says after 15 years of marriage, things were falling apart.
khrysanna and her husband mark, were doing couples therapy. it wasn't working and she moved out. >> i didn't want just we're okay. i wanted i'm happy. so i started out to search what were happy couples doing? what could we learn from them? >> reporter: launching an online survey, gathering responses from almost 100,000 people around the world. her answers are revealed in her new book called "the normal bar." happiest couple ranks communication as the most fulfilling thing about their relationship. followed by friendship, affection and sex. parenting ranked dead last. in fact, khrysanna says it was at the root problem of her marriage. >> i would rush and make him dinner every night. he said i don't care about dinner but when i walk in the door i do care about you giving
me a big hug and a kiss. i thought that's easy. i'm off the hook. >> reporter: she and mark began talking again as she compiled data for the book. >> did this book save your marriage? >> the concepts in the book saved our marriage for sure. >> absolutely. >> the book and the whole process of the book was pretty therapeutic for us and pretty fun for us. >> and one of the steamier results from the survey, a majority of respondents said they want more fantasy in their relationship. in other words, more "fifty shades of grey" and less predictability. >> that will entice everyone to stick around. you'll have more on "rock center with brian williams" i know tonight at 9:00, 10:00 central here on nbc. more on the results of the survey and the women behind "the normal bar" after this. right now? yeah go hide. go on buddy.
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we're back now with much more on what makes couples happy. the results of a couple of surveys, these ladies' survey and our online survey about some rather intimate subjects. we're joined now by chrisanna northrup and pepper schwartz, authors of "the normal bar." some people might be watching and saying who are these two to tell me what's normal? how do you find normal? >> not 98.6. it's your normal. if my normal is brushing my teeth once a day and yours is twice a day, maybe we just want to take a look at which normal is good for teeth. >> but this is the normal for people who tend to show that they can stay happy over a long period of time? >> we look at the whole continuum, but we're especially interested in those people who are extremely happy. what's their normal and how should we emulate it? >> let's dive right into it. the first question is a doozy. how often do you have sex? your survey, 7.5% said daily. we want to know where they live.
40% said three to four times a week. 27% said a handful of times a month and you see the rest of the results there. what did you find was the optimum time? what is the normal for a happy couple? >> three to four times a week. what we also looked at is not just going through the actions, but the quality of that. there's a big difference being in a relationship where you're happy, okay, and you're having sex and it's all good than when you're extremely happy having sex that many times, which is a totally different ballpark. that's what we really liked. >> we look at affectionate behaviors and how those correlated to sexual satisfaction frequently. these people call each other pet names, they cuddle. they hold hands. >> if you're sitting at home right now and couples are watching this saying we do not have sex three to four times a week, one of the suggestions you have for people to try to increase the frequency of sex is sleep in the nude more often. what did your survey tell you
about that? >> not enough people were doing it. >> no. >> we had 28%, 30% of the people sleeping in the nude. when you look at the happiest couples, they were really sleeping in the nude. they knew what they were doing. >> women say yes, can we put that graphic back up? we had a fwrask up that said women say they sleep in the nude 34% of the time, men say yes 38% of the time. >> we asked our viewers this morning, 76% of our views do sleep in the nude. >> happier couples are. >> 75% of the happy couples sleep in the nude. >> i don't want to spend a lot of time on this. it's a morning show. you ask people, by the way, about the use of pornography in their relationship. why did you decide to go there? >> we think it's been sort ofville of vil villainized. it doesn't have a negative affect on the relationship. we're not talking about addicted
to it. we're talking about joint use or individual use. >> this is key, you asked do you trust your partner? 39% of women said they did, compared with 53% of men. that's an interesting difference. 75% of men and 71% of women acknowledge they have lied at some point to their partner. >> we looked more into white lies, big lies. we really wanted to dive into that question a little bit more. 50% of the men said they lie about where they go sometimes. and women do it, too. >> what do you make about that gender difference, pepper, men more trusting of their wives than vice versa. >> we have a lot of data to show that maybe women should be a little less trusting. we don't have enough time to go into it, but, in fact, there are things that are going on in people's minds. for example, i was very surprised at how many people, happy people thought of breaking up. i think there's a lot going on sometimes, that people are sensing and feeling.
>> is that about fantasy or is that just about not being happy with your lot in life? >> i think you're evaluate re-evaluating all the time. even happy couples think about it. there are things i think people haven't gotten out in the open and that changes the trust issue. i think men are more trusting than women. >> let's get to the inner section of trust and the digital age. have you read your partner's e-mail without your partner knowing it, obviously? 54% of women said yes, they have. 49% of men said yes. any surprise in those nuchl numo you? >> there was a big surprise. we had an open-ended question with that. what was interesting about that is that men were saying -- and women, that if they found their partner reading their e-mail, they would break up with them. there's definitely -- if you don't feel trustworthy and you catch your partner reading, you're in big trouble. >> you look at our survey here. today.com survey, 51% of people who responded said yes, they had read their partner's e-mail, 49%
said no. split pretty much right down the middle. >> we're hitting all kinds of -- quarter of the people said they don't discuss earnings with their spouse, 60% of childless partners have separate bank accounts, 33% of long-term couples have separate accounts and 62% of couples said they have equal access to accounts. how important is it to be open about your finances? >> extremely important. there's social change going on, though. used to be everybody put their money together. now we're seeing it's one of those things that's voluntary. you may or may not. if you don't put it together, you actually have fewer arguments. >> this is going to spark a conversation at dinner tables and breakfast tables all around the country. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> now we'll get a check of your local news.
this is a news 4 news break. >> good morning, 8:26 on friday, february 8th. not too much snow for us and still a messy morning. we take a live look outside right now. you can see rain drops falling in the area, 41 degrees outside the studios now. we expect that the rain will continue to be fairly light for much of the day through the d.c. region and of course that snow system heading north now. tom has a look at that. >> it is really raining hard, south and east of the metro area and that storm is rapidly intensifying. showing another band of rain rain moving from the west.
peek at 1d in 3-d. from the hottest act on the planet, heading to theaters. lot of kids will be dragging the parents to that one. >> you could say that. i looked and thought maybe there was a piece of footage from an appearance they had here. i'm not sure. looked familiar. maybe, maybe not. >> we'll have to see on august 30th. i'm savannah guthrie alongside matt lauer, willie geist and natalie morales. al roker is in boston and will have a look at the forecast in just a moment. what was your favorite video of the week? we have some lined up for you on "today's" top clicks. >> i love that one. are you thinking about selling your home but aren't sure what repairs to make? we'll tell you the five things you can do to give you the biggest bang for your buck. first, we want to check in with al up in boston.
good morning. what are you seeing? >> right now, we've got a few flakes falling, but nothing too horrible. but by 11:00 or so, we should see the snow coming down a little more regularly. and by 3:00, we will really be into this. and a full-blown blizzard here in boston by 7:00 tonight. things will get going in new york a little bit earlier.
good morning. we have predawn snow far north and west of washington, this picture by amy westerman in amosville, virginia. an inch or two there and tapering off and ending and light rain around the metro and moderate to heavy rain south and east where there has been over half-inch of rain, southern maryland and that storm rapidly intensifying east of norfolk and traveling north and east and a batch from the west and later today. windy and cold tonight. >> we would love to see your weather pictures in your area, as long as you're safe. please tweet your pictures to #n #nbcnewspics. and we'll get as many of them on our twitter feed as soon as you
send them in. guys, back to you. >> part of that sentence was in english. i don't know. time for "today's" top clicks where you vote for your favorite video of the week. willie is here. >> click number one is our winner from last week. drum roll, please. some of us are rooting for this one. pep talk from kid president. >> what will you create that will make the world awesome? nothing just sitting there. that's why i'm tag to you today. this is your time. this is my time. it's our time! >> that is robby novak, third grader from tennessee. a great kid. he makes these videos with his brother-in-law. last check, been viewed more than 8.5 million times. >> close to voting or did he kind of crush the competition?
>> he crushed this week, but he has really good competition coming up the week ahead. click number two, proof that gangnam style, that fad alive and well, at least among the baby set. ♪ >> the kid goes from sound asleep? >> yes. it's pavlovian. that's amia. every time she hears "gangnam style" she snaps to life as if out of hypnosis. and the best part of that is her big sister next to her. city workers in teleaveev, israel, painted handicapped parkings around a parked car.
she did track down the security footage. city officials did issue an apology and waived the woman's fine. i certainly hope so. >> to me this is not a great video, it's just an outrageous story. >> it is. it is. >> last but not least, here on thursday, 2-year-old basketball phenom, and amazing talent for sinking trick shots. all types of hoops, all distances, off the wall. you saw him live. he can pull it off live. this is not just good editing. he can do this. >> i love this. >> any favorites on the panel here? >> gangnam style. >> we're not supposed to influence our viewers. >> no, but sometimes we just have to speak out. >> i like gangnam style. >> it's cute. >> kid president, gangnam baby,
we're back at 8:39. we all know that music has the power to bring people together in a lot of different ways. this morning, nbc's andrea mitchell has the story of extraordinary young musicians from a place you might not expect. andrea, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, matt. they come from a nation gripped by war and terrorism. boys and girls rarely play together and music was banned for years by the taliban. now with help from the state department, the world bank and other supporters, these young afghan children are enjoying a rare moment of harmony. 13-year-old leila zhari has been
waiting two years for this moment, the chance to perform on the world stage, while breaking another taliban taboo, girls and boys playing music together. which do you like better, the drums or the trumpet? which is more fun? >> the drums. >> reporter: the drums? she's one of 48 young musicians who attend the only music school in afghanistan. where music was strictly banned under taliban rule. many in the group are orphaned by war. some even lived on the streets. today they're nearly 7,000 miles from home, bringing traditional sound from their homeland. the tambor, meksed with western harmonies they're also learning. organizers hope the young musicians can learn about america and america can learn about afghanistan. music is making a comeback.
>> the future of afghanistan, where the children of the country are, the future and that hope is not dead. >> reporter: how does it feel to be playing your music here in america? he excels on an afghan instrument, the rubar, also met with the secretary of state, once a musician himself. >> when i was your age, i played in a rock band. >> reporter: their conductor, william harvey, juilliard trained violinist, has spent the last three years in kabul. >> i've taking masterpieces and added afghan melodys and folk songs. >> reporter: the group, rehearsing alongside a maryland youth orchestra, has done some improvisation of its own. >> we were playing "stairway to
heaven" which we were both familiar with. it was fun. >> coming here as been a fulfillment of a long time dream for us. the greatest reward is the smiles on these children's faces. >> reporter: next week after a lot of practice, you know the old joke, they're actually going to play at carnegie hall. matt? >> andrea mitchell, nice story. thank you very much. the five best bang for your buck home improvements and much more on a friday morning. first this is "today" on nbc.
this morning on "today's" real estate, best bang for your buck when it comes to home improvement. if you're getting ready to put your house on the market and thinking of doing some repairs, what's really worth the money? barbara corcoran is "today's" real estate contributor. good morning. >> good morning to you, savannah. >> the housing market is picking up. people are thinking about this.
are there general rules about improvements before you put your house up for sale? >> you want to spend the least you can on the improvements that make the most sense because you'll never get your money back. >> the pound for pound bang for your buck. >> best way of putting it. >> doll up the door. >> it's like dolling up yourself. you want to make the first impression count. pull up to the front of your own house, get out of that car and do the 20-second test. walk up the walkway, make a note of everything wrong. here is a house that is am meticulous condition. why? it creates a great first impression, clean as a whistle, small house but looks totally charming. >> we have pictures we'll be showing of good and bad. >> this house would look like a pile of bricks if they didn't paint that door that color. we have another one maybe, too. maybe not. >> if you see one that's a what not to do, slag it for us. >> i certainly will. >> paint inside and power wash
the outside. >> make it look fresh. you want to be after a fresh house. all it really needs is power washing and painting of the trim. bad first impression but sweetheart of a house. there's another one, a trim painting. that's all that house needs. >> they know to give it a fresh coat of paint. they may do just white. you say don't do that? >> no. take a trip to restoration hardware and see what the new hip colors are. see what the young buyers are into and imitate it. it's the easiest thing to do. great white room, by the way. >> that was a pretty one. little bit off white. >> white is the one you can always rely on. buyers always like white. >> here is one i would avoid. wash your windows. >> people don't see the dirt on their own windows yet the most important thing after location that buyers always cite as to why they picked a particular house is light.
they lift it up and oh, my gosh, it actually is a bright room, could be a bright room. this is a beautiful window. the next one is very beautiful, too. clean as a whistle. >> you say you should also swap out your fix turs. that's a good trick. >> fixtures date a home. lamp shades freeze your house in time, make it look like 1960s when you actually bought the fixtu fixture. there's a kitchen -- if you had a modern fixture in there, it would make all the difference than doing nothing else. there is another one, those top hates. that's a 1950s funky kitchen. it could look like a retro, hip kitchen if it had a modern light fixture in that ceiling. modern light fixtures, what a difference it makes in that kitchen. one more beautiful light fixtures that says, hey, i'm up to the minute. i'm in style. >> i like that. don't forget the garage. wait, that's where you put all the stuff when you clean the house. >> not when it comes time to sell. people can't see the space. paint the floors, paint the
walls and paint the trim and the front door in the garage. >> you have tips of what is not worth it. >> four big mistakes people make. skip the new edition. it rarely pays off. don't put in a home office. you eliminate a bedroom. it's a bad idea and never pays you back. worst selling colors, white or yellow. don't put in a swimming pool unless you're prepared to lose the money when you sell. >> what i like about you, you take a position. don go paint that house red. thank you.
back now at 8:50. grio.com, division of nbc news, is celebrating black history month by highlighting 100 people doing good things. the spotlight this morning is on car driver antron brown. >> drag racing is a lot more diverse with several women and hispanic drivers as well. antron brown is its first african-american champion. when he talks about his sport, his eyes light up, his lips move fast because his childhood dream has become his life's passion. antron brown started on his road to championship early.
>> i was changing oil in my mom's car at 12 years old. my dad and uncle, they raced. it was bred in me. that's where the love came from. i used to go to these big, national events and watch all my stars race. >> reporter: now he is one of those stars. >> brought a tear to my eye when i won the championship to hear my father broken up, like emotional and saying, son, do you realize this is what i've been dreaming about my whole life and we're living our dream through you? >> reporter: in november, brown became the national hot rod association's top fuel champ and made history. how many trophies do you have? >> 38 including the championship trophy. >> the championship trophy, i'm going to assume, is this massive one right here. >> that's the big one right there. >> reporter: the first african-american to ever win a major auto racing title in the united states. you're running out of space. >> i'm going to have to build
some different walls. >> reporter: when are you going to stop? >> that's not in our vocabulary. >> reporter: 25-foot long hot rods run on a fuel that's mostly nitroglycerin and can hit top speeds of 130 miles an hour. >> it feels like someone is pushing and squeezing the lif out of you and you're just trying to maintain and hold everything you've got to keep it right. >> reporter: tv audience has grown, drag racing has not caught up with its southern-b e southern-based cousin, nascar. >> pass down the racetrack is four seconds. in nascar it's a three-hour race. >> reporter: something brown is the well-needed, fresh face to help grow the sport. >> the media is attracted to him, the fans are attracted to him. he's really a star in the making. >> want your dad to make a wheelie?
>> reporter: that's good. antron brown remembers when the days are not so bright. >> the days you're close to being like almost $1 million in debt and you don't even have a house to live in. >> reporter: now he and his wife, billie jo, have a full house outside indianapolis. how proud of him are you? >> now here i will go with tears. >> reporter: oh, no. >> sometimes it turns people into different people. they cannot remain true to themselves and they don't remain the same, and he does. >> reporter: the champ refills his own tank and takes time to teach wanna-be racers. >> you're all good. >> reporter: let me tell you something. so brown thinks with that car and that team he can win again, in fact. short-term goal is to win more
championships. eventually, though, he would like to make more history by owning his own race team, savannah. >> he's pretty amazing. did you actually drive or just got in for show? >> yeah, yeah. >> craig melvin, thanks so much. great story. >> savannah, thanks. we'll have al's updated forecast on the blizzard, tracking the storm throughout the day. we'll be live with the latest tomorrow morning on "today.." >> certainly something you want to keep track of on the weather channel as well. "today's" friday flashback. a look at how the week unfolded right here on "today." >> dramatic new developments in that hostage standoff in alabama. >> fbi somehow managed to get a secret camera inside that bunk er. and that's how they decided to move in. >> reporter: the president will largely focus his attention on immigration reform and deficit reduction exactly one week ahead of his state of the union address. a tragic story. new details on the death of a new york city mom murdered in turkey. >> she was supposed to come back
and she didn't. >> they must have luck on their side. ste stephen and terri weaver were on a weekend getaway and returned with two lottery tickets. are you kidding me? >> couldn't believe we won twice. couldn't believe we had won as much as we did. >> jesse, will you come out? >> a gentleman never kisses and tells. >> pucker up. all right. >> loser pays up. boy, is al roker paying right now. >> here's what's happening in your neck of the -- your neck of the woods. >> l.a. reid, the music mogul and jennifer hudson. >> katharine mcphee is inside our studio warm and toasty. >> you remember her, tiffani thiess thiessen, of "saved from the bell." >> john harbaugh is with us from new orleans. >> we were watching your show in the room. you guys do a great job. we love your show.
>> yes, there are men on trampolines behind me. >> we welcome you to our winter wonderland, mt. rockefeller, here in the heart of new york city. >> natalie, congratulations. she scaled a 1,576 steps. >> very impressive. >> while natalie was doing that, savannah was walking the runway. 8:56 is your time on this friday, february 8, 2013. a soggy morning out there. let's check in with tom kieran. >> increasingly concerned about this storm. it is taking on the sort of look of a hurricane, a winter type
hurricane, actually has an eye on it if you look at the center of circulation on the radar, spinning east of norfolk, 60 miles an hour winds and rain temporarily ending and another area of rain from the west that will move in later this achbl. our winds will pick up here gusting to 40 miles an hour tonight and temperatures plummet, maybe flurries into tomorrow morning. >> thanks for t
welcome back to "today" on this friday morning, february 8th, 2013. we have a very special hour planned for you here, everything cheaper today. we're dedicating the show "today" to frugal living. the best, savviest shopper. dinner for four for 12 bucks or less. tweet us your best money-saving advice at #mysavingstips and we'll share some of them throughout the show. jeff yager, self proclaimed
ultimate cheapskate will help us this hour. your very proud of this title. >> i am. i'll maekke a few bucks shoveli some sidewalks while i'm here. >> he thinks of everything. >> really is a frugal guy. blizzard warnings in effect up and down the coast. al is in boston where they will get some of the very worst of it. al, good morning. >> good morning, willie. this is really a potent perfect storm situation as far as a blizzard is concerned. we've got two low pressure systems, a clipper coming across the great lakes, low pressure along the southeastern coast. both are moving together. as you can see, there's the cold air coming in right around clev me areas.
inkr incredible, al. we'll check back in, in a few minutes, with that local forecast. >> how do everything cheaper, we welcome back in jeff yager. he is a resident saving expert for the aarp. what do you hate spend iing on spending money on, jeff. for you the answer is everything. >> yes. >> be more specific, though. >> narrow it down.
>> my parents taught me a couple of things. one, never pay interest. avoid paying interest. >> how do you avoid that? >> if you can't afford to pay for it now, you really can't afford it. americans spend $600,000 in interest in their lifetime. cheapskates spend significantly less than that. there's a whole lot of ways you can try to live that way and save that interest. other thing we hate spending money on is depreciation. we like to buy things used. let someone else pay that depreciation. >> a new car is out? >> antique furniture which increase in value rather than regular furniture which decreases in value. >> is it better to buy or lease a car? >> in my opinion buy a better quality used car. >> do you know what annoys me are the baggage fees at the airport. >> annoys everyone. >> you already paid a couple hundred bucks for the flight and, by the way, 50 more bucks. >> i would add internet.
especially if you're going to a nice hotel. come on. that should be included in the price of the hotel room. >> i think there will come a day where internet service is like air, we all have a right to it. >> i went to fly the other day and they said how many bags on the computer screen? it had a big exclamation point, zero bags free! >> wow! >> good service. >> jeff, you don't actually have a mobile device, is that true? 88% of americans do at this point. you're in the 12%? >> i'm not a cellulite. i have been living cell phone free since 1958 and nothing awful has ever happened. >> do people get frustrated when they're trying to reach you? >> no. i'm very good about communicating. a lot of people who have these devices, for instance, never return a phone call when they get it. i pride myself on being very prompt and efficient. i hope to live the rest of my life cell phone free. it's my amish line in the sand. >> we actually sent you a letter to book you on the show.
several weeks later we heard back. >> snail mail. >> to answer your question, do people freak out? your producers. and i've been on the show before. have i ever not appeared? >> our second take is biggest spending regrets. financial education estimates in the typical month more than two-thirds of united states adults buy something on impulse and most of those purchases lead to regret. how about you? >> i'm an impulse shopper, completely. i do retail therapy all the time on the internet. that's the big one for me. i think i'm getting a deal but i'm hitting it way too often. >> we'll see one of yours in a second. how about you? most regret. >> i don't make many regrets but this is something i bought a few years ago. my wife thought omar sharif in "dr. zhivagozhivago" was the se
man alive. i bought this and said who do i look like? and she said from "dumb and dumber." >> as they say in "caddy shack" it looks better on you. >> last time i saw it, it came with a bowl of soup. >> that's right. >> right before flat screens came out. it was expensive. i was stuck with it forever. it was heavy. you couldn't move the thing. every time i looked at it, i resented it. >> for a long time, i'm sure. >> i'm an infomercial shopper. >> late-night purchase for you? >> it slices and dices. i'm like it's magic. it's going to be great. i'm going to try to dice and demo this. i don't even know if it exists anymore. watch your camera, johnny. apparently it smushes everywhere. >> can i suggest maybe you're using it incorrectly? >> i might be using it
incorrectly. i'm pretty sure i've got it all worked out there. as you can see i've got nice tomato soup. >> on your dress, matter of fact. >> on me, yes. >> can frugal be sexy? do you think it's sexy? >> people show people don't. less than 4% of people associate the word frugal with sexiness. i think love means never having to say you're cheap. you know what i mean? >> it can be. >> i think it's sexy if you can't afford something, you put a lot of time and effort into it, maybe an outing or you make something for somebody. but if you have the cash and you're just not willing to spend money on a date, bye-bye. >> also they've shown people find dishonesty about a partner's financial status to be a real turn-off. >> a deal breaker for a lot of people. exactly. let's get to our bonus take. jill martin, chief style watch contributing editor. dress for less.
what have you got? >> i'm frugal, tooch. i won't say i'm a cheapskate but i like to save money. finding new items that are $10 or less. we have to guess which item that is on each person. let's start with willie. >> just the two of us or is jeff -- >> no. he has his own situation going here and nothing is new. you are new. $10 or less. what do you think? >> i'm guessing -- >> she's cheating. >> liewillie's tie because i sa him in a different tie. >> oscar dela larenta tie for $6.95. just put the work in it. >> it's clip on, right? >> i got you a clip on one. >> natalie is next. >> now that i'm all in tomato.
>> i'll say the sweater. >> i brought this to show you. $49.95, marked down to 20. you see the x. $10 for her dress. >> come on! >> i paid a lot for the sweater, willie. the tomato dress. >> that was 95 cents extra for the tomatoes. >> how did you get your hands on a $10 dress? >> i had to search. it takes a little longer but you save. i'm the last one. i'm wearing two things $10 or under. >> your top because i saw your top. >> okay. the top is $10. >> and you're holding out your wrist. >> the bracelets. >> no, the earrings from century 21, $8.95. most of my outfit is under -- we're both under $20rks but i wanted to hook you up with a new item. >> i like that. >> it's under $20, don't worry. you can still wear it but it's new. >> can i keep it? >> yes, to keep. >> how much is the shirt? >> $14. >> would you ever spend 14 bucks
on your own shirt? >> i would buy it used. >> designer $14. i hooked you up. >> i appreciate it. >> he's like, i'm not a checkered kind of guy. >> little pricey for him. jill, thank you very much. jeff, your going to stick around and help us. >> i am. >> a competition is coming up. tweet us your best money-saving advice at #mymoneysavingtip. at noon eastern today you can logon to today.com for a live web chat with couponning expert. a california ski community was searched overnight for the former cop and navy reservist suspected of killing three people, including a police officer. quis fer dorner's burned-out truck and footprints were found in big bear mountain. dorner, fired for making false statements, has threatened to bring warfare to police and their families. investigation is under way after the e-mail accounts of
several bush family members were hacked. the cyber attacker posted family conversations online that were dredge friday the e-mail messes to and from former bush presidents after breaking into the accounts of three other family members and several friends. the hacker also posted several personal photos of the family. california lawmakers are proposing some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. measures unveiled thursday include state bans on assault rifles and high-capacity bullet clips and background checks would apply to purchasing ammunition as well as guns. the federal aviation administration has given boeing the green light to carry out test flights once again of its embattled 787 dreamliners. planes have been grounded after problems with their batteries. faa is limiting test flights to air space over unpopulated areas and no parpg passengers would b allowed on board until the problem has been fixed. a little boy's sugar binge has this video going viral.
3-year-old john dipped into the decorative sprinkles. sprinkle-gate evidence all over his face. but young john had a story and he's sticking to it. >> did you eat those sprinkles? >> no, i did not. >> you know it's not nice to tell stories and to lie, right? look at mommy. you're not supposed to lie. tell me now. did you eat those sprinkles? >> no. >> mom, i said no! john's mom said they had a very long talk later about the difference between telling the truth and fbi iibing. a little white and red lie. >> go like this. go like this. let's head up to boston. al is keeping an eye on this huge winter storm heading to the northeast. >> we're not only talking about snow but wind as well. here is the setup. low pressure coming along the coast. we've got high pressure, arctic high
. we have strong winds coming in there. here is today into tomorrow. sustained winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour. look at the gusts. new york 40 plus and looking at 65 miles per hour wind gusts, nantucket, hurricane force wind gusts, that's going to cause coastal flooding, beach erosion, and really low visibility and snow drifts that will be major problems. that's what's going on around the country. that here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. good morning. the storm is rapidly deepening and intensifying northeast of norfolk with 60 miles per hour winds and thunderstorms on the eastern side and looks almost like a winter hurricane. you can see the circulation, the center of circulation there, showing up just north and east of norfolk. the rain tapered off and ended in washington and points east, tapering off there temporarily. another band of rain from the west that ought to be in this
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this is pomegranate. i make a pretty lip and cheek stain. this is probably just your color. >> jeff will try it. >> little rouge on the ocheeks? >> it does. it's light coverage. if you want more you could build up. this is another way to make facial cleanser at home. cucumber juice, coconut milk and honey. mine is old in an old frapuccino bottle. >> laundry detergent? >> $13, you'll produce 250 loads of laundry using washing soda, borax, shredded bar soap. it will cost you five cents a load compared to 40 cent as a ld for your typical store-brought brand. >> lots to think about. what's your big secret here?
>> i like to recycle, upcycle and breathe new life into old clothes. >> okay. >> i have a 7-year-old daughter, jasmine, who grows like a weed. for example, this skirt here was from a pair of jeans she had when she was 3 years old. when they got too long i put a cuff on the bottom like this here so she grew into it. when it gets too old for her i'll take an old sundress and sew it into a skirt on the bottom. this outfit right here used to be a sun dress. it got to be too short. i made it into a cute little top. and sewed the trim on to the bottom of the shorts. >> cool. we'll let you think about this one. jessica, what's with all the soda? >> i like to save all the way around. i take half an hour every morning and look for deals online, contests, coupons.
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back with more of "today" on this friday, february 8th, 2013. all up and down the northeast, as you all know, big snow storm coming our way. seems like it's changing over a little bit. >> wintry mix here. >> as al has been telling us, but then we'll get walloped later on. boston expected to get up to -- >> don't look at me. i didn't do it. you looked at me like -- >> look what lester brought in when he came into the studio. >> it wasn't snowing until he walked into the studio. meanwhile, coming up, more of our special hour, everything
cheaper today. we're making everything old new once again by repurposing or upcycling rather than resicycli the furniture in your home. >> that's cool. plus the apps that can save you pretty serious money. two chefs going head to head in our chicken challenge. dinner for four for $12 or less. we'll see who can do it better. >> and look who is gracing the covers of usa weekend, maybe in your paper, "usa today" out today, willie cover guy along with his wonderful wife, christina. you guys met in middle school. it's all about your love story. the kids are in there, george and lucy. you share your tips for a happy, long marriage. >> we do. and they caught us in our natural state. we have a -- >> bed of roses? >> yes, and just like that, head to head. >> upside down. >> that's tip number one. >> it works for us. they were very nice to do a piece. it's a fun sort of valentine's day. i've known her since i was 11
years old. >> it's amazing. i love how you say at one point in your relationship, middle school to high school, she traded you in for the cool guys with cars and jocks? >> talk about upgrading. >> she downgraded, came back. >> she downgraded. >> you kind of led us to that point. >> along with taking shots at me -- >> oh, . no >> we'll be at the height of this storm about the time erica and i are marching our way to the studio. it will be a tough morning. obviously we'll have the very latest as it's all coming down. >> three feet. >> yeah, perhaps in some areas in new england. all our reporters out, showing you the impact of the weather. you have fitness questions? jenna's got answers. tips to help you get in shape. snow shoveling or staying inside. >> jenna in this kind of segment always scares me. >> where is she going? ads like this one as erica
found out firsthand, when it comes to scent, the nose doesn't know much. >> really? that always surprises me, that test. >> i'm really bad at that. you could hold a piece of fruit in front of me and i'm like orange and it's an apple. i'm not good at that. if we get in with the snow. if not, it will be just empty. >> you'll be here! >> like the little firesides they show at christmas. >> maybe i'll just sleep on the sofa tonight. >> lester, thanks. let's check in with al who has a look up in boston at that looming blizzard. >> i'll be joining lester and erica saturday more for "today," to give you the latest. in fact, we'll be on "nightly news" tonight as well.
the weather channel is calling it nemo. we have snow out west and risk of strong storms firing up as we look ahead towards tomorrow. a risk of strong storms through southern texas and look for snow in the rockies and more of the blizzard in the northeast and new england, and sunny and cool along the west coast and sunday, sunday, sunny, but chilly along the rest of the coast, the east coast looking at a lot of wet weather from the great lakes into the central plains and look for a risk of strong storms in the lower gulf. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening in your neck of the woods. >> i am tom kieran. storm team 4 showing a circulation north and east of norfolk, the center of the storm that is rapidly intensifying and getting stronger this morning. it even has thunderstorms on the eastern side of it, very heavy rains southern parts of the eastern shore. rains tapered off and ended here temporarily around much of the region. there is another band coming out of the mountains that will move in later this afternoon.
windy tonight. gusts >> and that's your latest weather. we'll be updating for our west coast affiliates, coming up in the next half hour. natalie? >> i know you've got a long weekend, al. thanks for working for us. more on everything cheaper "today," designing on a dime. nicole curtis is the host of diy's network "rehab addict." good morning. >> good morning. >> these are simple projects. you don't have to spend a lot of money and you can do these with things you have or find very cheaply. >> i'm a busy mom and i love redoing things with the seasos s or whenever i feel like it. >> talk to us about these chairs first. you're talking about upcycling these chairs. little piece of fabric and new coat of paint. >> and it depends. if your wood is in bad shape i give people permission to paint it. otherwise leave it as is. reupholstering something is a
scary task for a beginner t doesn't have to be. chairs are put on with four easy screws. take the cardboard leftover. fabric can be found very cheap. $15 a yard or something like that. i just recently cut up old pillowcases and used them to cover my chairs. it doesn't have to cost a lot. little bit of sanding, paint and primer. >> you have the sanding and paint. any tips on saving on the paint? >> paint and primer in one. anything leftover, i reuse. you can always mix paint, make it different colors. sand paper is my best friend sometimes. anything you have around the house, you can find a way to use it. >> new life with a little sanding job and painting and it's brand new again. >> yeah. >> that chair looks great. moving over here, i love this piece. you turned this vintage dresser into a wet bar. very cool. how did you do this? >> summertime, i love pulling out all my old dressers and i always do a wet bar in the
backyard. dressers can be found your neighbor's castaway. go pick it up. salvation army, craigslist, all good places to find places like this. i always say if it's costing you more than $50, it's probably in too good of shape to convert it into something else. leave it alone. this is for the pieces that are just a mess and they're on death's door. this is the time to transform it into something. >> you painted it? >> i painted it. >> added this little -- >> these are simple things. you don't have to be skilled. little template like this. if you're not skilled with a jigsaw, simple things like a dollar turkey pan to put under your bucket of wine here. also the wine doesn't have to be expensive. peel the labels, put cheap wine in there. friends will never know. >> peel the labels, put cheap wine in there. trick them into drinking the bad stuff. i love this. these are old shutters, but you've converted them into sort of this postcard/letter holder.
>> the thing is that everything aalways has a use. there's really nothing i ever think i can throw away. bit of a hoarder on the good side. shutters, easy. one by behind here, with a couple of nails, fresh paint. i save everything. little tiny upholstery tacks, push pins, whatever you want in tacking it up. children's art work. my son is 15 now. i still his art work from preschool tacked around the house somewhere. >> great ideas. >> all within an hour. >> instant bulletin board here. i love it. nicole curtis, thank you very much. well done. we'll show you some apps to help you save big bucks in an instant, right after this. ♪ ♪ ladies, i gotta go to work.
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dietician. good morning, guys. >> good morning. >> let's review the requirements. chicken, vegetable and starch. we gave you some pantry staples, spices and oil you're cook everything in. why chicken picata? >> i cook this. it's a pantry meal. >> you spent mon oin fresh chicken. >> chicken breast, most common anything will have in their fridge across america. i butterflied them so they're nice cutlets, nice and tender. dredged them in flour. get a nice color on them. this will be the bas for a lovely pan sauce. in here we're going to add -- you want to add this? chicken broth, one cup. >> if anybody doesn't know what butterfly means, they haven't been cooking it much? >> that means cut it in half to make it thinner. >> this is the juice from half a lemon.
capers going in there and fresh parsley as well. >> you want those little brown bits from the bottom of the pan. >> that's going to make a huge difference. we'll let this reduce. you'll have a lovely pan sauce. comes together so fast, quick and easy. >> and in the pantry you already have the spaghetti. >> angel hair pasta with parmesan, lemon zest. lovely french beans with chopped almonds, little butter and little olive oil. that's it. >> let's see how much she spent. >> let's head to the tasting. it's fantastic. >> $11.61. not bad. >> okay. >> right under the wire. >> making thighs, right? >> thighs are a lot less expensive than chicken breasts and have a ton of flavor. i actually cooked up the skins of these, drained off all the access oil, put those in the oven for 20 minutes.
when they're done, this is what they look like. >> what kind of seasoning? >> salt, pepper and pap reeka. we take this out. and then i want to use all this great stuff that's happening in this pan. i wanted to do like a new take on chicken and dumplings but add collard greens as well. >> why do you like them? >> they're a super food, super good. you don't have to cook them until they're kind of dead. you can cook them till they're sauteed. carrots cut with a vegetable peeler. chicken and new-style dumplings. >> you're rebranding them. >> exactly. >> you got those on sale. >> i did, only $2 for the 16-ounce package that makes four
servings. after our collard greens are wilted, parsley, lemon zest. >> $10.30. wow! >> natalie, you try it. >> i tried it. did you try it? you have to try it. okay. quickly. >> very good. >> in taste i have to say i think it's a tie. >> a tie? >> tie. in the taste department. >> i totally agree. >> but norman wins for the price. >> the tie breaker is the price. >> amazing job. here we go! we'll be right back with "today" on nbc.
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heavy rains on the eastern and the western sides of it, and right around here the rain is temporarily ended. another band of rain from the mountains, though, temperatures right now are generally in the 30s to near 40 degrees and winds kick in as rain ends tonight and we'll have it gusting over 40 miles per hour into saturday. danella, how is traffic. >> a couple accidents in our area, 66 eastbound at the rest area, you will see two left lanes blocked by a crash there and some delays. 14th street bridge as you make across inbound, left lane blocked by accident also. >> thanks so much. how well do you know your man? coming up on news 4 midday, comingmy mom doesn't drink, starbucks coffee because she thinks it's too dark, and so i brought her some blonde roast. she loves it now. "my son made me this coffee," "you should try it, it's delicious." ♪
but as soon as they tasted blonde roast, boy they were on board. ♪ from nbc news this is "today" with kathie lee gifford and hoda kotb from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> hello, everybody out there. it's try day fray, end of the workweek. it's february 8th. we are very excited about a couple of things, but not so excited about something else. >> well, you know, we are back on the sauce for the show, and we got this great fruity drink. it really tastes like grapefruit. >> we were really concerned. >> it's supposed to be a sea breeze. >> they got into a very bad
habit. >> now -- he is repairing. thank you, jer. >> we have a sea breeze, and we actually live on the ocean here on the atlantic ocean. >> sure. >> but there's another beautiful ocean called the pacific. >> thank you, jerry. >> thanks, jerry. >> we are on our way -- >> we're going to l.a., baby. >> yes, we are. >> please go to klg&hoda.com. >> we'll have shows for the next couple of weeks. on friday we will be joined by -- >> today is friday. >> that's what i meant. >> we are going to be there in time to be with him. >> blake shelton. this is one of my favorites. he has so many great songs, but this one -- he has the song "honey bee." ♪ >> there's nothing that's not adorable about him. >> he may be one of the sexiest men on tv. you know what else about him, he
doesn't care. >> he doesn't know it, which is one of the sexiest things. he doesn't know it. doesn't act like it. he just is. >> i think he has a terrifphysid body. there's a little here and that hanging out there. >> you like that. >> there's a confidence that comes with that. when the guys that are too chizelled, don't you feel like what are you doing all day? you're lifting weights and looking at yourself? >> i was married to a chiseled guy for a long time, and now he -- frank looks -- honestly. he has the same legs and buns he had when he was 26 years old. >> i got to tell you, when you see frank now -- when i first looked at him, i remembered his stomach is flat. >> not really. >> it isn't? >> it looks good in the jeans. >> he looks fantastic. he looks great. i can't complain about his gut if he doesn't complain about mine, if you know what i'm
saying. yeah. >> here's the question for married couples or people that have been married for a long time. >> like us. >> what is normal in a relationship? >> nothing. >> how many times a week do you and your partner have sex? >> i'm just having fun with everybody. >> 100,000 people, and they decided -- >> with each other? >> they -- what do you mean, with their partner. >> well. sorry, got to ask these questions. you have to be specific. >> the happiest couples of all reported having sex three to four times a week. >> hoda, you know what, jerry is right. no, there are -- let's let the girl scouts come out first. >> we have to talk about sex. >> we're talking about sex in front of girl scouts. >> they're not little. they're learning. no, they're learning. it's fine. they're going to be old like us one -- >> jerry doesn't want it too. >> just put headphones on. >> i'm not going to be a part of it. >> yes, you certainly are. drink up, and you will in a minute. 40% of the couples surveyed --
only 40% said they have sex that frequently. one in four -- >> they're lying. >> one in four are, like, maybe you guys, they have sex a couple of times a month. >> more than you're having. oh. >> did you hear crickets. did you notice the crickets in the room? >> i have no idea about your love life, and you have no idea about mine, and that's probably the best thing in the world. >> i think the ones that talk aren't really -- they don't have as great of relationships as they say. >> we talked about that. all these people that put on for the world that they're the hottest and they can't get their hands off of one another, never. the marriage is over. >> you know who i just saw doing that, bruce willis and his wife. >> yeah. >> did you see it again on the red carpet making out. i said, oh, no, is that bad? >> they just had a little baby. maybe they're still in the throes of passion. i wish everybody could stay that way, but you can't. >> here's the deal. this is interesting about money. one-third of all couples who have been together -- one-third of all couple who's have been together 20 plus years have
separate bank accounts. one-third of people who have been together for 20 plus years have separate bank accounts. isn't that weird? >> somebody is calling somebody's phone. >> bobbie, your phone is ringing. >> talk about buzz. bobbie's buzz. >> i don't think they're necessarily planning, hoda, that they're going to run off or planning for i rainy day. i mean, i -- frank and i got married. he had an earlier family. he had children. then we had our children, and i have my career, and he has his career. we have oun own separate and some together, and i don't think that's totally unusual. >> here's the question. what do you wear to bed? 34% of women and 38% of men are like you, they sleep in the nude on a regular basis. >> does your wedding ring count? >> yes. being so, anyway, what's happening is tonight on rock center natalie morales is doing a whole deal on all of this stuff with relationships and things, and in one of her interviews they say there is something you can do to spice up
your love life a little. let's listen. >> friday night, people going to bed soon. there are two things they can do to put a spark back in their marriage. what would you say? >> sleep nude. if you're sleeping nude, it makes it a little bit easier to have sex more often. and touch each other. back rubs and massages. just that level of intimacy feels really nice. >> you know what, she's -- good for her. i'm just telling you this, you guys. we've lived a long time and there is no normal. every couple -- >> every couple is different. >> every couple is different and unique, but if you can learn something from someone else, god bless you. >> yes. >> i mean, i don't have any know if jerry and his beautiful wife hang from the ceilings. i don't want to know. >> it does make you compare even though you don't want to. you can't kind of help it. i don't think that's healthy. here's another question. what do couples fight the most about? the question is --
>> the tv. >> the remote. >> you think it's money in today's world. >> rock center is on at a new time. get ready. tonight. >> stop it. >> at 10:00 p.m., 9:00 central. >> 10:00 p.m. set your tivos so you can find out if you're doing everything right. >> i think we need to bring the ladies in. time for -- >> i'm sorry. it's girl scout cookies celebrating its 100th anniversary. >> hi. >> i'm jessica. >> of course you are. >> now, you guys -- these guys sell kajillions of cookies. >> how do you sell that many? does your mother take them to work? >> lots and lots of booth sales. yeah. >> like every weekend. >> what's the most popular cookie? >> thin mints. >> oh, really? >> they're my favorite too. >> i like the samoas. these are my favorites.
the carmely deliciousness. >> those are the second most popular. >> they are? >> what happens to the money that you guys raise? >> well, we -- it goes to pay back for the cookies we take out. >> have you to buy the cookies? >> also, it goes to council and it goes to our troop for, like -- >> thank you so much. >> good luck in all your adventures. >> thank you for the cookies. >> hmm. >> all righty. >> did you ever sell girl scout cookies? >> i was kicked out of the brownies. therefore, i never got to the girl scouts. i got kicked out of everything in my entire life. >> why? junior miss. >> kicked out of the junior miss pageant. i got kicked out of the brownies. i got kicked out of my first marriage. i had a very rough life. >> i'm sure you have. all right. there's another -- we talked about this. the remote is the thing that most couples fight about. you know what's germy? the remote. >> when you check into a hotel, like we're going to this
weekend, right -- you -- what do you do? >> i don't know what you do. i guess you wear gloves and push the buttons. okay. here -- this is prevention making sfwleen looked at the objects that are the most germ-leyden, and some you probably haven't thought of. the restaurant menu. they hand it to you. it's plasticy, and you hold it. what are you supposed to do? nothin nothing. lemon wedges. >> the chefs are wearing gloves are and glasses. >> maybe they take the lemon wedges. what about the ones you don't use? they don't throw them away, do they? >> i think once something is put at the table you're supposed to not use -- >> how about condiment dispensers? ketchup pump? you know you're using that and no one is purelling. let's continue. grocery carts. those handles. >> you know what, it turns out you may be touching at least 30 objects every minute. >> this is what's really -- you
don't even think about. people think they're being environmentally conscious when they use the reusable grocery bags. they take them home. they take them back out. they don't wash them every single time. >> probably not. >> how about that chicken juice? >> how about jerry's hands on our glasses before he brings them to us? you know what time it is, hoda? >> time for your friday funny. >> this one is shorter than the last one. >> oh, good. >> from our facebook fan. a boss asks one of his employees do you believe in life after death? the man looked him in the eye and said, yes, sir. well then, that makes everything just fine, the boss went on. after you left early yesterday to go to your grandmother's funeral, she stopped in to see you. >> that's a good one zoosh yeah. >> you know what else it's time for. bobbie's buzz. >> you have your bags packed for los angeles? >> i do have my bags packed. >> matchy matchy here.
>> andrea is going to come help me talk about prints. it's a trend. this is a very exciting collection. everybody has been anticipating the launch at target of prabul gurum. he is one of my personal favorites. he does such great things with prints, and so this collection is between $20 and $50 for the most part. there's like a leather jacket that's a little more expensive, but all of the accessories and the jewelry are so colorful and fun for summer. i'm really excited. >> nice. adorable. >> like those. >> i just love these designer collaborations because we can all get in on some great styles. there's this other trend happening where you have been asking about. the little minifinger rings that i have been wearing. >> yes. >> andrea has them on too. this is kind of what's replacing the big heavy full finger rings from last year. they're called knuckle rings, like floating rings and small little -- >> they don't slip off? >> they actually stay right there at the midfinger, and can you find them at forever 21 for, like, $3 or more expensive from
designer boutiques. another ring we should talk about, this is kind of coming up. it's sephora. these are nail rings. you can have fake nails attached to your ring. >> that is weird. who is doing that? >> or a more useful ring that i showed hoda earlier, these are french tips. it helps you actually -- of course, andrea, what is your -- it works. of course, i don't have an iphone. i'm not fancy. it helps you actually -- for people that say they have fat fingers. >> they can't tap the things. >> i have one on too. you didn't notice. >> you didn't notice it. >> this is on our website, so check it out. >> all right, you guys. it is team for our johnson's baby of the week. every week we're announcing some beautiful babies. >> that's right. >> go first up is little skylar jane aarons. let's look. quit it. >> oh, my gosh.
>> skylar came into the world on december 26th to proud parents who named their little girl after her grandfather. >> our next johnson's baby of the week, mason sheshly gouraige who made his debut on december 5th. >> mason was born to latasha and shesly from morristown, pennsylvania. she says when one of your little things don't go as planned, focus on the joys he brings and everything will fall into place. >> okay. finally, ryland noah del prete from guten berg, new jersey. >> mom says make sure you get your sleep before your little one arrives because you're going to need it. >> right. >> congratulations. >> all the babies, all the moms and dads who appear on our today's johnson baby of the week. for details go to klg and hoda.com. >> she's the glue that holds the men on her show "white collar"
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♪ actress tiffany theissen has been in the spotlight since she was a teenager, and she's managed to successfully transition into a mature and beautiful woman. well-rounded. >> this includes her tashgt on the hit show "white collar" where she plays elizabeth berk, the steadfast wife of an fbi agent. >> it could probably save you a few hours of work. ♪ >> okay. 30 cables. turnover, an hour per table. here they have total attendance at 220.
they're only putting 300 linens to be washed. >> they could be reusing them to cut costs. >> or be padding the head count and tapping a couple extra grand every night. >> well, look who is here. >> poor baby has to work with such dogs. >> it's the hardest job ever. >> they're such sweet guys, aren't they? >> we have the nicest group of people. the crew, the cast, we're very fortunate. >> you talk about your character is someone you say you strive to be like. what is it about her that you really like? >> i think she really has her stuff together. >> thank you for cleaning that up. >> aechl a mom now. >> she's smart and savvy and funny, but i feel that she has her priorities straight. her husband is definitely, you know, really number one and they really lean on each other a lot, but her career is still very, very important to her, and her dog is important to her. >> a lot like you in that sense. >> she's probably the closest to myself in all the roles that i have played, which is 31 years of doing this. >> has it really been that long?
>> 31 years. >> you seem so young. >> any regrets about that? would you want them to go into the business? you have a child now. >> i wouldn't push her to do it, and i am shoor my mother could probably say the same thing. things change. it's harder now. it is harder. the social media. >> i can't take it. i can't take it. how old is she? >> 2 1/2 now. >> what's the best part about being a mom, do you think? >> just the abundance of love i have for this child. it's like you feel that way when you first meet your husband, of course, and then it becomes even more so when you have a kid. >> how has he changed since she was born? >> i always knew he was going to be a great dad, and it's true. he is an amazing father. >> was that picture your birthday party? >> it was just my birthday last week. >> it was? what did you wish for? >> i'm just wishing for her to be a happy, fun kid and be healthy and all of that. >> we bring children into no matter if they're in show business or not, all this cyber stuff and all this --
>> it's scary. >> she opened my phone when she was, like, a year old. >> i remember watching my niece on a magazine, and thinking it was like an ipad because you don't realize it's paper. things are paper now. >> it's true. i think they did a study where they gave a little one a little ipad and magazine or newspaper, and it was trying to do the same thing. picking up the paper and -- >> that's kind of scary. i guess they're learning new skills. >> are we in for some surprises on white collar? >> we are always having some surprises. i mean, you're going to -- in the next few weeks you might see, you know, mrs. burke carry a gun possibly. >> how timely. >> you really -- >> i did. woman's intuition. i loved the script from day one. i knew it was going to get picked up. i knew it was going to be something. yeah, i did. i did. i actually didn't get it right in the beginning. they kind of passed on me, and then they came back.
>> wow. we're happy for you. >> thank you. >> always great to see you. thanks for coming to toe sea us, tiffany. >> you can catch white collar tuesday nights 10:00, 9:00 central on the usa network. >> talking about her generation, jane pauley tells us about her two new specials on baby boomers. ts. when hair is this hydrated, it flooows... introducing nexxus hydra-light: a higher standard in hair care that's full of moisture. free of heaviness. hydra-light's salon formulas with light, deep-sea minerals give up to 80% more moisturization that won't weigh hair down. for hair that captivatingly flows. new nexxus hydra-light. [ woman ] you'll never settle again. [ male announcer ] raise your standard.
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we're back on this try day friday with more of "today." baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964 are the largest generation in u.s. history. yet, there are many myths and misconceptions about them. >> here to tell us what she's learned about her generation is "today" contributor and host of "rltv's boomers 2.0, a generation reimaged" and rethink 50 plus is our good friend jane pauley. >> hi, jane. >> a little cleavage in the morning. >> that is what we like. >> that's the way we like our jane. let's be honest. >> thank you for pointing that out. thank you so much for pointing that out. >> that's what we're here for. >> by the way, my generation is
our generation. >> right, exactly. >> you, hoda, are the trailing edge. she's on the cusp. you're the trailing edge. i'm the leading edge of the baby boomers. >> i'm right there with you. >> you're ripe. >> oh, boy am i ripe. >> we've done these two programs on the next week on the 14th. wednesday, i think, re-evaluating the impact of our generation. i mean, everybody knows the impact we have had, but that we continue to have is the issue, and the numbers would surprise you. boomers have about almost three-quarters of the wealth in this country. >> wow. >> boomers spend on consumer goods annually -- my boomers, i'll key dine them people 50s and 60s. >> why do advertisers -- >> spend $2 trillion annually on consumer goods. >> so -- >> why do at thessers go for the
young kids then? >> so one of the panels that is part of this program, one of the networks, researchers, is a giant in the field, points out that the sweet spot that we're all familiar with, the 18 to 49, and, by the way, it was created because of baby boomers. >> that used to be the sweet spot. >> it is a shrinking demographic. even the gen-xors are five years from starting to turn 50. 18 to 49 is a shrinking demographic, and he asked rhetorically why would you continue marketing to a demographic that you know is getting smaller? >> what is the answer? >> dying off. >> i think the answer is that people are re-evaluating who is out there and -- >> who has the disposable mc. >> who is spending it. people who are 50 and 60 buy four times the tablets, for instance, and technology than 20 to 29-year-olds. >> that's one of the myth that is they're not technology-savvy.
>> three-quarters of us are on the internet, and one-third are heavy users. we use it to shop. we use it to learn things, and we really use it to stay connected. this idea of connectedness and community. >> i think people get stuck in their ways of buying, and they keep buying the same -- >> that was our parents. we have far more in common with our kids and a closer affinity with our kids, who are sometimes still living with us -- >> some don't have the opportunities financially that we did. >> no, they don't. oftentimes -- someone called us not the sandwich generation, but the club sandwich. i pointed out that and we're the bacon. >> much better. >> yes, we are. >> so we -- it's a different world, but what -- you know, i'm on the "today" show once a month or so with the aarp, you know, your life calling, life re-imaged series that we do. i think that my generation, our
generation, will be the last to be talking about reinvention. what we're doing is creating a new image of what it means to turn 50. it's aspirational. it's the time of life when independence is in sight. when you can do what you want when you maybe don't have to have a boss anymore. the highest demographic that is starting new businesses are women over 50, and believe me, they don't want a boss. >> we know that. they've been bossed. >> isn't that great? thank you, jane. >> good news out there for all of us. >> hallelujah. >> you can catch boomers 2.0, a generation reimaged and rethink 50 plus next thursday night on rltv. >> and can you defend yourself against an attacker? >> the dooms day preppers are going to show us how. right after this. ♪
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>> kraug magna. >> welcome, guys. >> sometimes attackers see you as vulnerable just because of the way you're walking. by the way you're carrying yourself. >> first of all, if you are a woman, do you think? >> the posture matters. >> first of all, the mindset is the most important thing. in any type of situation, if you are going to be attacked, any emergency, have you to have a will that says i'm going to survive, and i will survive. you need to carry yourself in that same way. >> walking down the street -- >> most people in new york are looking at their smartphone. they're looking at -- they have earbuds in. >> looking around. >> tourists looking at the buildings. >> you need to be aware. you need to be looking around, see what's going on around you. make eye contact with folks. you know, carry yourself confidently and don't look like a victim. don't look like someone that somebody would want to go after. >> you can avowed it most of the time. >> some things in your purse that you may have may be good weapons, and i have a lot in my purse. >> a bowling ball would really come in handy. >> absolutely. you got to be willing to do
whatever it takes to survive that attack. simple things like a pen. you want to go for areas that cause pain. for the eyes, for for the nose, throat. soft tissue areas where it's going to cause damage. you don't want to do that, but you also don't want to be the victim. >> what about your keys? >> keys, same principle. put it in your hand. go for those soft tissue areas. go for the ears. >> ears. >> things like that. >> again, things that are going to cause a lot of pain. >> what about perfume? >> this might not ab quick, but just like pepper spray, go to the eyes and use it to hit the faes. there's a lot of different things you can do. again, you don't -- you're going home at the end of the day, you know? you don't want to hurt somebody, but you have to do what you have to do to survive that attack. >> what about your vocal cords? scream. >> police officers are taught the very first line in the use of force is to use your voice. you have to be loud, direct, and authority taifsh. you have to keep somebody away from you. get back! leave me alone! help! any of those things, really loud, author takive and direct.
>> show us some easy things. show us what you got. >> no problem. so we have a couple of moves. we see that a lot in violent situations, especially against women. the first attack we're going to work on, and it comes from the front and picks you up in the air and will take you away to a nice romantic place in the back of his van or slam you to the ground where he will continue striking you, punching you where he is going to finish you off. how to break out of that? real quick, from here -- >> oh, oh. >> i don't think he was expecting that. that was good. >> that was xlept. i think i could do that. >> let's break it down. >> he got lifted up in the air. the first thing you want to do is catch that leg. he is unable to move you around. you are going to use your chin. your back leg is going to go back right -- >> right where it hurts. >> back of the head, knee. >> go down. lay down now. >> flipping.
he comes -- >> sorry, he -- >> stomp on his head, and that's -- >> jump on his head. yeah. >> that was something. >> yeah. >> high heels on. >> the second attack, we see first it comes from behind. wrap your hand around your neck. from here he could put you to sleep very fast. he could get you to the floor and continue pounding when you are on the ground. how do you break out of that? >> ready. go. >> i like all the sound effects. >> we got to run, boys, but that was good. >> that was fun. >> i don't know what that was, but i liked it. >> you can catch doom's day preppers on the national geographic channel. check your local listings. >> you want to spice up your love life? oh, god. we've got great romantic things for valentine's day. no matter what shape your lover is in. right after this. ♪ na na na na na
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>> now on "today's" travel valentine's day give-away. want to go on a romantic escape with the one you love? >> kate maxwell has found some great deals with sexy add-ones to spice up your trip. >> hello. >> hey. >> happy valentine's. >> same to you. >> it's on a thursday. >> thursday is a great day. it's the cheapest flight during the weekend and the week. maybe come back on a saturday or sunday because prices are higher to fly on friday and sundays. alternatively, you could just give your love the gift of valentine's day and say we're going next weekend. >> very smart. >> also, think about vacation that is are offseason at the moment. napa is a pretty good example. it's quiet. there aren't lines at the tasting rooms. you can get into the great restaurants. >> it's still pretty mild weather. >> yes. >> let's go to san francisco, shall we?
take us there. >> well, san francisco is great every time of the year, but we lot of the hotel diva's keep date package. it's a couple with a sense of humor. everything is cheap. even the voom cheap. $190. all sorts of add-ones. you get -- >> like what? >> you get jack in the box vouchers. yes. very romantic dinner. you get andre champagne. >> i like andre. >> of course, you do. >> you get valentine's day cards. it's complete package for only $190. really good fun. >> that's great. >> how about lake tahoe? >> three hours from san francisco. it's great for skiing. it has tower different resorts, and the hyatt regency is only $119 a night, which is pretty good for a ski resort price, and they throw in -- nothing more romantic than a little bit of a ski date, and taking $20 off the ski pass. ski lift pass is going to be about $90. >> that can -- yeah. spoil the trip. >> can you sit in the hot tub
and there's a pool, and just a lovely, romantic time sfwloosh what about chicago? that's on your list. >> again, that's a low season place. it's cold in chicago, but all the more reason to cozy up in your room. package at the hotel acme, which is really trendy, new hotel. includes things like a game of twister, a bottle of tequila. itunes voucher. it's all about staying in the room and having fun together. >> i like it. >> i didn't expect to see this, but jersey is on the list. >> now that the jersey shore has moved off, it's safe to go back. >> atlantic city is suffering post-sandy. the boardwalk wasn't hit at all, but they have seen a big decline in tourism. help atlantic city out and go to the walter club. it's a very ritzy, five star hotel. it has five swimming pools. it has fantastic spa. they'll give you champagne and strawberries, a $50 dine-in credit. all sorts of celebrity chef restaurants there, and try your
luck on the tables if you can win some money with your loved one. >> they really do people to come on back. >> lastly, you have to splurge in south carolina. >> yes, charleston. this is a bit of a splurge. it's $280 a night, but it is a beautiful hotel. you get things like free dinner for two. you get a ride on a horse-drawn cart or a kayak tour. and the hotel itself is really old. it's got the oldest landscaped garden in the whole of america. it's about 70 degrees in charleston at the moment, and it's a beautiful historic, romantic city. cobblestone streets. fantastic low country food. great time of year to go there. >> thank you. >> thank you for bringing the champagne. how sweet are you. >> how sweet. cheers. >> help your kids show they've got heart. right, hodie? valentine's days crafts, which hoda is so good at. >> i can't wait. first, this is "today" from nbc.
♪ you're all i need, my love, my valentine ♪ >> we're back with "today" celebrates valentine's day, and crafts for kids. for a lot of kids exchanging treats with their friends is one of the most exciting parts of valentine's day. >> here with some diy cakes, crafts xshgs cards that are sure to impress their classmates is elaine griffin of better homes & gardens. >> hey, girl. >> hello. >> you have a lot of helpers. >> yes. >> we're so excited. >> what are we making? >> first of all, hoda, i'm smelling something. >> isn't it fantastic. >> valentine's day is the sweetest day of the year for kids of every age, and whoopi piz. >> oh. >> these are red velvet whoopi pieces. they are the graphic. >> i have to try it and see. >> there's the cream cheese dressing in the middle.
>> let's talk about who is in front of you right now. mia and lilian are helping us. what are they making? >> mia and lillian -- we're all doing different valentine's, and they're getting ready for our late valentine. those are retro cake -- the wurchz we made in grade school where you pumplg out the little holes around the card. make sure they're evenly spaced, and then you just thread everything through. >> okay. >> and this is another great -- these are another great idea. >> who is crafty? >> you do it. >> just more so than you. >> we're going to paint these on. a four inch roller. we're going to roll. >> look how pretty. >> we're going to get the ombre effect. can you do this on a paper place. start half an inch down so you have a nice border that goes all the way around. >> let's continue down. you have to see jolie and sdmrak. >> you know me. >> they're getting us ready for -- >> what are they doing? >> isn't this cute? these are 3-d pop-up cards that
they're going to be, and basically you cut out a lot of hearts of varying sizes. >> yep. >> and then you're going to -- this is when a paper punch comes in handy, and it's the new it tool. right? >> they didn't have those back in the day. >> back in the day. then so you string them through. >> that's cute, right? >> don't tape them because you want them to pop up. then just tie them on the back. >> isn't that gorgeous? >> i like it. >> down we go. >> is it michael in another little child sitting with michael? >> yes. >> what's got into -- >> what's going on here? >> valentine's day is a chocaholic's dream holiday. as inexpensive as it gets. take the outer wrapper of a chocolate bar and make your own fancy one with great paper. then they're making the gift cards right now that we're going to stick on them. we just cut those out of paper, and then we are decorating them with little stickers from the card store. >> i like those.
>> lovely, lovely valentine's day. >> you guys did so well. >> awesome, kids. thank you so much. >> all righty. >> we are getting ready for fun in the sun. >> the next two weeks hoda and i will be coming to you from los angeles. >> la, la land. >> go to klg and hoda.com and find out where we're going to be doing our show so you can be in the audience, and we want you to make signs because we're going to judge for the best signs. [ male announcer ] when your business is powered by verizon,
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